A youngster in theatre world
I look after one of the archives of the theatrical scenery building firm of Brunskill and Loveday '“ the other, smaller archive is looked after by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London '“ and it is well-known that we have opposed The Maltings ever since the idea of it took hold.
Nonetheless, to call the 25-year-old Maltings’ building, as its chief executive did, ‘an ageing building’, is almost beyond belief (Berwick Advertiser, February 18).
Theatres such as the still very active Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, Yorkshire, fall with that category, for it was built 228 years ago in 1788, and even Eastbourne’s still functioning Royal Hippodrome Theatre, built for one of my father’s uncles in 1883, can be said to be ‘ageing’.
But in the world of theatre, a building that was constructed only 25 years ago is certainly not ‘ageing’ for it is but a mere youngster when compared with such as the London Palladium (1910), The King’s in Edinburgh (1905), The Theatre Royal in Newcastle (reconstructed 1901), etc.
However, we do very much agree with Mr Rooke’s comment that The Maltings has ‘inherent limitations’. When we complained to Northern Arts 25 years ago of the appalling design we were ‘pushed away’ by the then ‘powers that be’.
But then Brunskill and Loveday was only founded in 1899, just 92 years before The Maltings was built.